Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Culture, Denmark, Expat life, Travel

Frederiksberg Have, Copenhagen

It’s been over a month since I last uploaded the photos I took on my camera. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t found so much as a single hour to myself these days. In between work, Danish classes, social events, and sports/athletic activities, it’s almost a shock if I find myself chilling at home. But with new Covid-19 restrictions taking effect, I will try to appreciate being at home more and having a quieter sort of life – and that includes catching up on blog posting 🙂

Since we are in the heart of autumn at the moment I thought it would be fitting to share some of these dark, warm, vibrant, cosy, atmospheric photos I took at Frederiksberg Have. Though I have shared Frederiksberg Have on my blog before, this is a part of the park that I haven’t shown yet – indeed I didn’t even realise it was there until recently!

The burnt orange walls, the purple flowers, the twilight, the glowing lights, the crackling fire – everything about this area is extraordinarily aesthetic.

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Sunset views from Maersk Tower

In my previous post, I shared some daytime aerial photos of Copenhagen from Maersk Tower (be sure to have a look here if you haven’t done so already!)

In this post I’ll share images from the same place, but at sunset time. Funny how the mood of the place completely shifts around evening time! I think the building and its surroundings look equally impressive around this time, if not more so than during daytime. I hope you enjoy my photos!

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Views from Maersk Tower, Københavns Universitet

I feel privileged to work in two of the best buildings/complexes of the university campus – my office space which is in the heart of the center, near the botanical gardens, and Panum, which is where I have my gym and teaching related duties.

And let me tell you…the award-winning Maersk tower in Panum by C.F. Møller architects in the Panum complex has, I think, the best views of the city. You heard it here first! 😉 I’ll share with you some exclusive shots from the viewpoint at the top of the tower below…

I know, these views practically motivate me to come into university all the time 🙂 Please do check back on my page for my next post, which will showcase some sunset photos from this building!

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Rundetaarn, Copenhagen

The round tower (Rundetaarn) is a modest structure tucked away smack dab in the middle of town. It’s a great vantage point to admire the charms of the city from above, and definitely a ‘must do’ activity if you are visiting Copenhagen even just for a day, thanks to its proximity to the centre and the relatively little time it takes to climb up this stair-less tower (it’s a spacious, stepless, winding spiral upwards). For a capital city, there is relatively few ‘high rise’ buildings in Copenhagen so you get plenty of unobstructed views far and wide from this tower.

I just love the iconic burnt orange and mint coloured roofs against the familiar silhouettes of city landmarks, with smatterings of construction in between, and some more modern structures in the background like CopenHill (the artificial ski slope you see below – I will post about this place soon!)

Thought this shot was a nice one to end the post on – it’s the beautiful Marmorkirken peeking out!
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Den Konglige Biblioteks Have

So I’ve shown you The Black Diamond (Den Sorte Diamant) a while back, but not this gem of a garden hidden behind it. I intended to share these photos much earlier, but I honestly there are so many pictures piling up on my computer that I forget about, and I can’t keep track of what I’ve shared already on this blog, ha. I’m going to have to start organising my categories a bit better 🙂 But this just goes to show that Copenhagen is an endlessly beautiful and picturesque city. A true gem for photographers.

Den Konglige Biblioteks Have (The Royal Library Garden) is a little garden sanctuary tucked away in the middle of the city, a short distance from The Black Diamond. It is a really peaceful place to walk around – there are cute little benches and chairs dotted around, a fountain in the middle of the garden, and a statue of the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. I know I probably say that every park I’ve been to in Copenhagen is my “favourite”, but well…this special place is too 🙂

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DAC (Danish Architecture Center), Copenhagen

Okay, here’s a little break from my roadtrip re-caps – I’m back with a Sunday Museum post! Although, I may be cheating a little bit here because DAC is not a typical museum and I didn’t actually pay for the entry to go inside. But if the freely accessible parts of the place are anything to go by, I think it would be a good place to visit with family/kids because there’s a lot of tactile stuff, like a big slide, outdoor play area, and fun colours around the place.

It is an architecture center after all, so I hope you enjoy my ‘architectural’ shots of this place 🙂

It’s also located very centrally around some of the nicest areas to walk around in the city, in my opinion.

Have a great Sunday, and see you next week for another re-cap of my Eurotrip 🙂

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Copenhagen, Denmark, France, Germany, Travel

A week-long road trip in Europe mid-pandemic..?

(featured photo was taken on the Rødby-Puttgarden ferry)

I’ve just returned (well, a few weeks ago now…) from a week-long roadtrip with my partner. We traveled from Denmark through Germany, then France, Germany again, and back to Denmark. I had the best time, but I’m so happy to be back in Copenhagen!

When the trip was being planned, travel within most EU countries from Denmark was more or less open. Things changed in the lead up to the actual trip. Originally we would have driven through Belgium (which would have allowed us to cut through to France faster), but fresh travel restrictions made these routes unadvisable. And as a non-EU citizen, even with legal residency in Denmark, it’s virtually impossible for me to keep up with new border rules because they’re framed in terms of EU vs non-EU travellers and I’m too pessimistic to trust that I really wouldn’t be the first person to be screwed over at some border control during times like this. To be honest, as a ‘foreigner’ (or ‘Alien’ as we’re called in Danish legal lingo, ha), I want to stay invisible in emergency situations – to keep my head down and not get caught up in some bureaucratic mess.

But hey, after a summer of non-stop working (by which I mean, I didn’t take July off like the Danes do 😉 ), I just couldn’t live in fear and say no to the prospect of spending a whole week exploring new places with my partner. We’ve talked a lot already about travelling abroad together post-pandemic. This unique opportunity basically landed in our laps, and with the ‘safer’ routes still open, it sounded like a wonderful idea.

And I mean…what better way to travel in this pandemic era than by driving ourselves in a socially distanced bubble with even less contact with others than we would make in our usual lives?

So we packed our bags, and visited 6 different cities over 7 days:
Cologne (Köln), Germany
Orleans, France
Bordeaux, France
Dijon, France
Heidelberg, Germany
Hamburg, Germany

That’s about 4000km+ of driving in a week!

I took about 1500 photos on this trip so I think I’ll have to dedicate a big post for each place we visited. So for the next 6-7 posts or so, you can expect some image-heavy recaps of our trip 🙂 I will also share with you what it was like to travel with the new pandemic related guidelines in place and how it differed in each country that we travelled to (Denmark actually put France on the ‘closed’ list after we got there).

Until the next post, I’ll leave you with some actual on-the-road shots…

The weather conditions were intense…rain, storm clouds, sun, the works.
Danish countryside.
I do love this contrast of the field with the gloom and doom of the sky.
We took the ferry over to Germany.
I think I see a muffin in those clouds, ha.
The ferry was a mere 45 minutes.
I can’t resist sharing a photo I took from the car, all the way in France. Isn’t the scenery just beautiful? But I’m getting ahead of myself – stay tuned for my next posts!
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Louisiana – ‘Fantastiske Kvinder’ (exhibition)

(featured photo is ‘Tree Pantomine’ by Rita Kernn-Larsen)

It’s another Sunday Museum post! But this one is going to be a little bit different – I’m just going to be sharing with you some photos of paintings and illustrations, mostly, from an exhibition I went to at the Louisiana showcasing surrealist artworks by women (including big names like Frida Kahlo and my personal favourite – Remedios Varo)!

If pictures of paintings is not your cup of tea, no worries, I’ve got plenty of museum posts that showcase others. Also, my camera is annoyingly bad at taking photos of paintings – so some of these images may be a bit blurry. But if, like me, you are fascinated by art and perhaps take an interest in surrealism, I hope you will keep scrolling to see what this fantastic exhibit was all about.

I am the first to admit that I don’t “know” anything about art. But I love the way that artistic expression stretches the human imagination, I love that art is a creative process, I love that art is a narrative, and, well, I also like how it reminds me that the human brain is a weird, beautiful, and profound place. I often walk around worried that everybody else is normal and that I’m not – and art can be a real consolation in that respect. It helps me understand that I am not necessarily a lone weirdo in existential free-fall, but rather that the world is full of weirdos, each of us bound to one another through shared yet unspoken passion, sadness, frustration, rage, dreams, nostalgia…and that we are all here with something to say, something to express, no matter how little, big, trivial, or meaningful our message, and no matter how quiet or loud our voice. That moment of connection and understanding when I recognise that shared experience in art moves me. Just how certain artworks evoke these feelings seem totally mysterious, yet at the same time artworks demystify life for me as well – as if a clearing fog, art presents immortal, priceless, and lucid moments that stand out in the nebulous tangle of human experience. But enough from me on my personal take on the value of art – it’s one of those things I might ramble about forever.

Anyhow, I feel like this exhibit really ticked all the boxes for me – all these aspects of art that keep me going back to museums and galleries. It was really inspiring to see some of these pieces. Even though I’m no artist, the sudden feeling of inspiration, and wanting to create something, is just so rare and wonderful. I can only hope I can return to these sources of inspiration for time to come. What are your sources of inspiration?

Below, I’ll leave you with some of my favourite works displayed in the exhibit – ones that I found thought-provoking, strange, funny, or just nice to look at. As usual I tried my best to credit the artist.

Remedios Varo, Creation with astral rays
Remedios Varo
Bridget Tichenor, The Surrealists/The Specialists
Rachel Baes, Le Leçon de philosophie
Rachel Baes
Elsa Thoresen, Surrealistic Composition
Rita Kernn-Larsen, The Party
Valentine Penrose
Edith Rimmington, Museum
Eileen Agar, Ladybird
Leonor Fini
Valentine Penrose
Frida Kahlo
Valentine Hugo, Paul Eluard and Greta Knutson
Meret Oppenheim
Meret Oppenheim
Meret Oppenheim, Mona Lisa’s Eye (I recognised it straight away, ha)
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Broens Gadekøkken (Bridge Street Kitchen), Copenhagen

Broens Gadekøkken is basically a mini Reffen, a street food market. It’s smack dab in one of the nicest areas to stroll around in the city centre – a short distance past Nyhavn and right across the bridge from The Playhouse. As it so happens it’s walking distance from my workplace as well. All I need to do is get out of my building and walk in a straight line down the road. Working in the heart of the city makes it almost too easy to get distracted by vibrant places like this, especially on a sunny day!

The food I tried was pretty good, though there aren’t as many options as you’d find in Reffen – so I suggest you do your research on the various stalls before going. It’s definitely a nice place to stop over for a quick lunch or refreshments, and I look forward to trying out a few more stalls when the city gets sunny again.

What lovely views crossing over the bridge to the street food market!
The stalls are bright and colourful.
Hygge.
Dumplings for appetiser.
Greek-style veggie pita for my main. I think having experienced cheap fresh Greek food in Greece spoiled me. This is the problem with trying new food in Denmark – I keep comparing to food I’ve had for cheaper and fresher elsewhere!
Coconut-based vegan ice cream from Nicecream – everyone I know who’s tried this place, vegan or not, speaks highly of this place.
You face some nice canal and harbour views from the market…
…like so.
There seem to be other venues worthy of a visit nearby too.
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ILLUM, Copenhagen

ILLUM is a department store smack dab in the middle of Strøget, one of the longest pedestrianised shopping streets in Europe. I’ve been to a fair few fancy department stores (hello, South Korea) and ILLUM strikes a good balance – it’s not intimidatingly big (it’s almost cosy!) and there’s a decent selection of stuff to browse, ranging from clothes and accessories to quirky trinkets and household items. And though this particular department store doesn’t make a point of having a massive food court or anything, there are a couple of cafes/restaurants to stop by for a bite or drink on the top floor, where you can get some really nice rooftop views of the city and the busy streets below. Keep scrolling to take a look at my aerial shots!

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